The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has said that the Oyo State Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) fixing today, which is Eid-el-Kabir public holiday, for the screening of newly recruited teachers in the state is distasteful.
The MURIC Director, Prof. Isiaq Akintola, on Sunday in a statement said the development was a ploy by the crusader regime of Governor Seyi Makinde to weed out newly employed Muslim teachers.
“We are waiting to see them do the screening without Muslim teachers tomorrow. The federal government declared the day and the day after as Salah holidays and that declaration was given wide publicity.
“Seyi Makinde is not deaf. It is plain Islamophobe. Seyi Makinde is marginalising Muslims. He is persecuting us. But as law-abiding citizens, we will not go violent. We will not take the law into our hands.
“We are ready to go to court over this matter. Any such exercise carried out on a public holiday is ultra vires. It is null and void. It is impunity of the highest order. It is a hate action against Oyo State Muslims. How can you expect Muslims to stay back during the Salah holidays for a kangaroo screening exercise?
“Can Seyi Makinde pick Christmas or Easter holidays to do this? This is done in bad conscience.”
MURIC urged the newly recruited Muslim teachers to boycott the screening, describing it as an “illegal, illegitimate, unlawful and unconstitutional screening exercise.”